Powerful improvised techno from Blawan and Pariah.
In a change of tone to the psychedelic Kind Of Green, Volume 1 begins with the tense, acid-inflected electronics of "Berlin - Live Cut 1." Relentless kicks, martial snares and synth tones tumble over one another as the intensity builds. You can hear recurring elements being introduced, removed, tweaked and reworked in real time, providing a snapshot of how their layered compositions are constructed in the club. "Berlin - Live Cut 2" and "Amsterdam - Live Cut 1" both channel similarly buzzing, uneasy atmospheres. On "Rome - Live Cut 1" the pair slow things down, partnering a sad robot melody with galloping, brutalist kicks and occasional washes of noise. Volume 1's exuberant messiness is further evidence of the duo's humanistic approach to techno.